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|The Chicago Bears take their turn in the examination room after losing to the New England Patriots.|
Today is not a day to praise the Bears. But at the same time, I wonder if referring to them as "frauds," as many of you are, isn't a bit harsh. What was your realistic expectation of this team before Sunday's game? They're only frauds in the sense that they shouldn't be considered among the elite teams in the entire NFL. The Patriots are arguably the NFL's best team and definitely the hottest. But the Bears long ago proved they were good enough to be contenders for the division title, and at this point they have relatively smooth sailing to an NFC North title. A win next week over the Minnesota Vikings, combined with a Green Bay Packers loss to the Patriots, would do it. Let's try to restrain your glee here.